Grab the kids, rustle up your neighbours and friends to enjoy the great outdoors while you turn rubbish into an endangered species! Bring your gloves, hat, water and snacks. Rubbish bags, sharps containers and high viz vests are provided.  The full rubbish bags will be collected and taken to the pick-up station.  Meet at the front of Hills Environment Centre,  4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit at 9.30 am to sign on- this is essential. Children must be supervised by an adult. The Clean-up event will be cancelled if it is a catastrophic or extreme fire risk day.

Community smallPlease email to register yourself or your group so we know how many people to expect.

Huge thanks go to the 4th Creek Catchment Group for facilitating this event.


PHOTO: Greg Cramond





Photo: Greg Cramond



Greg Cramond will talk about his book, the photographic techniques he uses to capture the images as well as the plants and wildlife that feature in this publication.

Art work and copies of the book will be available on the night.

DATE: Tuesday, 18th February
TIME: 7.30 pm – 9 pm
PLACE: Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit

Gold coin donation.

Discounted ONYA and KEEP CUPS for November and December 2019 ONLY!

Lunch Wrap

Christmas isn’t that far away and  at the Hills Environment Centre (HEC), we are thinking about what our members and friends may want to buy as gifts.  The good people at KEEP CUPS and ONYA have made beautiful, sustainable and useful products which we have brought to the Adelaide Hills for people to enjoy. They include: keep cups, drink bottles, produce and shopping bags, lunch wraps and Who Gives A Crap toilet paper.  Not only that, we have decided to discount prices in a special end of year sale. Come in and have a look. You won’t be disappointed!  A price list is available here .

Produce Bag


Cash sales only.




This talk will be presented by Andrew Fairney, CEO of Seeding Natives Inc.

  • habitat restoration from the ground up, specific to local wildlife species including threatened species;
  • ideal for year round grazing for horse
  • perennial native grassland for vineyards and orchards;
  • perennial native pasture; and
  • water wise lawns for homes and businesses.

It will be held at the Hills Environment Centre (formerly Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre), 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Tuesday  12 November, 7-8.30 pm. To book, email  Gold coin donation. Light supper included.


The Hills Environment Centre (formerly Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre) will be at the Uraidla Sustainablity Fair on Sunday 3 November at 10 am. Come and say Hi at our marquee at the Uraidla Primary School and share in the Hills Harvest Exchange, our veggie swap that is now in its seventh year. If you are looking for a positive sense of community and/or something pleasing to do, please contact Val Hunt on 8390 1891 or about volunteering on the day.


Native foods have intense and intriguing flavours and are becoming more common in Australian cuisine. Many of the edible food plants can be grown at home – even in the hills. Neville Bonney is the author of “Knowing, Growing and Eating Edible Wild Native Plants” and is the go to person to learn about the various edible native foods. Neville will be talking about the different plants, the fruits and how to cook with them including seaweed and fungi, at the Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Sunday October 20th. The workshop will run from 10am – 3pm and includes several tastings – think of Quandong gelato, muntries jam or wattle seed bread.

The cost is $20 per person which includes the multiple tastings, tea/coffee and light snacks.

Neville will also discuss how the first peoples used particular plants and compare its use in modern cuisine. The workshop is limited to 25 people so email now to reserve your seat.